Material Conversations

Materials Library
Racks of materials at the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library

by Rebecca Price

Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 


Art, Architecture & Engineering Library, Duderstadt Center, 2nd Floor

Please join us for the inaugural event in a new series we're calling "Material Conversations."  The event will begin with a presentation on selecting the newest and coolest materials by a curator from Material ConneXion, an international library of advanced and innovative materials.  The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion about materials at Michigan featuring professors from architecture and engineering fields.  All to be followed by a reception. 

While you're here, see and touch the new materials we've been adding to the collection. 

Recycled skateboards for plywood mosaic tiles
Superstrong, lightweight resins for drinkware and medical applications
Ruman Leather made from cattle stomach
Banana fiber paper
LED wallpaper, a non-woven wallcovering that uses silver ink as a conductive connector
Snail excrement tiles with malleable, textured surface
Terrazzo transparent acrylic chips embedded in concrete for optical effects (developed right here in SE Michigan)